Welcome to Week 4. As the weather closes in, so does illness and those who escape to the warmer parts of the world. Our attendance rates remain at 95 percent which is most pleasing. Our learners need to be at school as often as possible. Long periods or regular absences has a marked effect on student learning and achievement.
Our enrolments continue to grow with our latest count having us at 411 and four more on the way. We are continually taking enquiries from families wanting to attend St Leonards. Unfortunately, we are now having to turn some prospective parents away who are not in our zone.
We have started looking at next year’s reception intake and it looks as if we will have around 60 newbies coming in 2020.
Our Year 3, 5 and 7 students have just completed their first ever NAPLAN online testing. I would like to congratulate each student who undertook the test this week. No matter the results, we will always be pleased with your efforts and will continue to provide you with a quality education here at St Leonards. The testing itself overall from a technical point of view was quite successful with only a few minor issues. Kelly Peterson was outstanding with the support she provided.
Tuesday morning, the leadership team and Mel Perkins, Governing Council Chair, met with the CE of the Department, Rick Persse. Rick was really impressed with the school, stating openly he had heard many great things about St Leonards. We talked about support for our students with additional needs, Year 7s into high school and the issues this creates for us. He was really supportive of our journey and has encouraged leadership to reach out if the school needs help. We have a few projects in mind.
We have a number of exciting developments that have started or are about to start:
- Our nature play area development starts on Monday 21 May. The money for this area has been the result of some fantastic fundraising efforts by our community over the past two years. It is terrific to see the reward for the many hours people have contributed to help the school.
- The school staffroom is also being redeveloped to accommodate all staff in a professional and modern environment. The Office will also be updated during the Term 2 holidays making it a much more functional space.
- The school Canteen is also having some new flooring and cabinetry installed in the July holidays. This was due to storm damage which occurred late last year.
- Our refurbished transportable classrooms will have new decking and new doors fitted due to some warping of the building.
- Finally, we are working at refining our communication procedures and have started to use an app called Skoolbag, so far we have about 70 parents/caregivers who have downloaded the app. Please download from the app store which supports your phone via either the App Store or Google Play. A link to the website is below. See page 2 for further information.
Dave Henty-Smith, Principal
Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal
Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator